FABERGÉ JEWELLERY by VICTOR MAYER (1989 – 2009)
In the second half of 2009 Fabergé ceased the practice of licensing the manufacturing and distribution of jewellery and objects of art and took direct control of the design, product development, manufacturing and distribution.
Today, and while it no longer holds a worldwide exclusive licence in respect of jewellery, VICTOR MAYER remains one of Fabergé’s valued and trusted suppliers of certain jewels.
Victor Mayer represents an important perpetuating link in the Fabergé chain that was broken in the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. VICTOR MAYER kept the old craft traditions going and the techniques deployed by VICTOR MAYER are those applied by Carl Fabergé’s artist craftsmen in the closing years of the 19th century. Exceptional (and rare) experts such as enamellers and guilloché engravers made it possible to maintain the traditions of Fabergé while simultaneously guaranteeing the quality of the creations.
Accordingly, during that period, only VICTOR MAYER was permitted to create pieces stamped with the FABERGÉ hallmark. In addition the jewels bear the letters “VM”, indicating the responsibility of VICTOR MAYER in following the Fabergé workmaster’s tradition of signing their creations. Finally each piece was engraved with a unique number and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
VICTOR MAYER’s designs for Fabergé were executed in collaboration with the Archduke Dr. Géza von Habsburg, a Fabergé expert and art history advisor to the then Fabergé Co., New York. His advice and supervision made sure that the contemporary designs were commensurate with Carl Fabergé’s legacy. Replications were strictly avoided. As with the historical Imperial Easter Eggs, VICTOR MAYER also took inspiration from prevailing political and social developments.
A number of commissions and special editions were created by VICTOR MAYER. Examples include the “Brandenburg Gate Egg” object commissioned by the German jeweller “Leicht”, and the “Royal Wedding Egg” produced together with the Royal Mint of England.
All of the creations designed and manufactured by VICTOR MAYER are kept in the archives of VICTOR MAYER today. Private collectors, connoisseurs and museums worldwide preserve the legacy of two decades of workmanship by VICTOR MAYER as Fabergé workmaster during that period. Due to their rarity, exquisite craftsmanship and sophistication, their value lies not only in the exceptional materials deployed, but also in the fact that they belong to their own era in the distinguished history of Fabergé.